Artists for Conservation

Central Colorado Conservancy’s Artists for Conservation program supports local artists while the artists support conservation of the lands and waters that inspire them. Artists receive membership benefits, plus opportunities to participate in special artists’ events and exhibit spaces, where a portion of proceeds benefit the Conservancy’s work.

Contact Membership Coordinator Julie Richardson at julie@centralcoloradoconservancy.org for more information about the program, or download a Membership Form.

Thank you to our Artists for Conservation members!


Evelyn Gottschall Baker
PO Box 4504
Buena Vista, CO 81211
719-310-3635
evelyn@glassfractions.com
glassfractions.com

As a fused glass artist, Evelyn finds inspiration from the natural landscape and elements of nature with Chaffee County, noting that she will never run out of subject matter.


Laura Barton
Barton Design, INC
P.O. Box 1120
Salida, CO 81201
719-530-7159
laura@bartondesigninc.com
laurabarton.com

Laura is an oil plein air painter focusing on impressionist landscapes and native animals, who says that painting en plein air nourishes her soul and puts her immediately in the present moment. She believes the natural beauty that surrounds us everyday is vital to all of us in our connection to the earth and to ourselves: “Central Colorado Conservancy protects and preserves special places so that future generations have the benefits we enjoy today, thus nourishing souls for generations to come!”


PJ Bergin
Studio 126
P.O. Box 868; 126 1/2 F St.
Salida, CO 81201
719-221-3840
pjbergin.com

PJ is a contemporary, abstract artist working with mulberry paper, natural beeswax, and calligraphy to create colorful textual artwork. Central Colorado provides many places for her to explore and clear her mind after a long day in the studio. While enjoying these areas, she is inspired by the abundance of color and textures in nature, which becomes the inspiration for her artwork.


Lisa DeYoung
439 West 2nd St.
Salida, CO  81201
719-221-9983
ldeYoung09@gmail.com
mountainmermaidstudios.com

“Join me in an adventure to write, doodle, draw, color, play … to explore your creative expression.”


Fay Golson
304 East 2nd St.
Salida, CO 81201
719-539-2213
efayg@wildblue.net
apogeeartstudio.com

A mixed media artist, Fay uses her powers of imagination, respect for our worldly creatures, plant life, rock formations, and the mighty seas as major influences in her work.


Robert Gray
17150 County Road 362
Buena Vista, CO  81211
719-221-8948
Bobgray2fish@gmail.com
robertgraystudio.com

Robert crafts lathe turned vessels from Colorado Aspen trees (populus tremuloides) — a Colorado icon. When a large Aspen tree dies and is downed by the wind, it is his time to place steel to wood and create an Aspen vessel.


Fred Hubicki
217 Palmer St.
Salida, CO 81201
719-530-9175
hubicki@centurylink.net
fredhubicki.fineaw.com

Fred paints plein air landscapes as well as the people in them. He works in oil on canvas. “The clear, clean air and the stillness of the high country nurtures my soul and inspires my art,” he says.


Nora Larimer
P.O. Box 845
Buena Vista, CO 81211
719-966-5185/ 719-221-9398
noralarimerart.com

As a watercolor, oil, tiles artist, Nora has painted on location all over Chaffee County and beyond.  The drama and natural beauty found in Central Colorado is like no other, she says, with the changing skies, mountains, and seasonal wildflowers being definite highlights.


Susan Mayfield
P.O. Box 506
Salida, CO 81201
843-327-4193
susanmayfieldart@gmail.com
susanmayfield.net

A pastel and oil landscape painter, Susan says she is inspired anew every time she walks out of the house, takes a hike or drives down any road in any direction and observes the glorious landscape that surrounds us here in Central Colorado.


Lila McClellan
P.O. Box 87
Coaldale, CO 81222
719-207-3790
mcclellan.lila@gmail.com
wolfsheadart.com

Working in photos, oil paintings and pastels, Lila says she becomes one with the landscapes when she creates art, making time stand still. “My senses of sight, smell, touch and hearing are heightened by the pristine mountains and the flowing river where I live,” she says.


Jennifer Naylor
447 East 3rd St.
Salida, CO 81201
817-300-5386
shrederjen@yahoo.com
bagznbeadz.com

Jennifer creates repurposed clothing, glass beads and mosaics. She says that many of the colors in nature make it onto her work table and then into her colorful creations.


Doug Smith
11 Elk Trail
Leadville, CO 80461
614-381-8494
mrdougsmith@gmail.com
filmleadville.com

Doug is Executive Director of the Leadville Film Commission. He is interested in receiving input and feedback from the creators the organization aims to serve.


Patti Vincent
536 East 1st St., Unit O
Salida, CO 81201
719-351-1966
patti.vincent@hotmail.com
pattivincent.com

As an oil painter and printmaker, Central Colorado’s sights, sounds, and sunshine nourish Patti’s desire to paint and print.


Gary White
12896 Highway 291
Salida, CO 81201
303-913-5558
gawhite49@gmail.com
garywhiteart.com

An oil painter, Gary grew up in Colorado. Much of his inspiration for painting comes from the wildlife and open space Central Colorado has to offer, and he believes it is very important to conserve these resources.


Mary Hansen Wolfe
858 Crestone Ave.
Salida, CO  81201
719-338-6739
maryhansenwolfe@aol.com

An oil and pastel watercolor painter who focuses on landscapes and old vehicles, Mary says that our undeveloped outdoors feeds our souls: “The outdoors is the source for my creativity,” she says.


Sherrie York
1103 Airport Road  #C3
Salida, CO 81201
719-239-0590
sy@sherrieyork.com
sherrieyork.com

A self-taught relief printmaker, Sherrie enjoys employing the versatility and innate graphic qualities to celebrate the beauty of nature and to invite conversations about environmental issues.


Through the Artists’ Eyes — 2017

Conservancy Board Member Jeanne Herrick-Stare is coordinator of the Artists for Conservation program.

On Nov. 9, 2017, Central Colorado Conservancy celebrated its Annual Event and Fundraiser — the first with its new name and re-commitment to the work of “Protecting the Lands and Waters That Sustain Us.” It was the most well-attended and most successful Annual Event in the organization’s history.

We had another first on Nov. 9 in conjunction with the Annual Event: the Conservancy’s “Artists for Conservation” project had its first Art Show and Event, “Through the Artists’ Eyes – 2017.” Through Artists for Conservation, artists join together to support the care and nurture of the complex natural world around us. In return, the Conservancy welcomes the artists into membership and promotes their work. To date, we have 16 artist members (two very recently welcomed into the group). It’s easy and relatively inexpensive to join ($25), and we continue to welcome artists to our group.

Eleven of the artist-members brought their works to the art show on Nov. 9, and it was an amazing success. In this initial effort, we had $2,820.00 in sales of art works by member artists, 60% of which went to the artist, and 40% to the Conservancy. The 11 participating artists were Evelyn Gottshall Baker, Laura Barton, PJ Bergin, Fay Golson, Robert Gray, Fred Hubicki, Nora Larimer, Susan Mayfield, Patti Vincent, Gary White, and Mary Hansen Wolfe. To these participants in our first art show, here’s a tip of the hat! I thank you each! You enrich our lives with your art and your support.

Look for more events featuring the work of Artists for Conservation in the months to come. We are well-begun now, with the help of these fine artists.